Every homeowner wants their home to look good. One way is by covering key areas of or the entire floor with a plush carpet. However, if not carefully maintained, your carpet can be a cause of health problems among your family members. Dirt, dust mites and allergens can accumulate deep within the carpet fibers, which may cause or even aggravate allergies, asthma and other respiratory ailments.
To prevent this from happening, you will need to clean your carpet in order to remove all the dirt and allergens that have permeated deep among the fibers. There are two specific ways by which carpets should be maintained – first is vacuuming it and second is by steam cleaning.
Vacuuming of the carpet should be done regularly, preferably once or twice a week. However, for carpets that see heavy traffic, daily vacuuming may be necessary.
Before you vacuum your carpet, remove all clutter, such as toy parts, small toys and tiny items such as rubber bands, marbles and paper clips. These items can ruin your vacuum’s mechanism if they get sucked inside. You can also sweep or brush away loose soil or dirt that are just sitting on the carpet surfaces in order to prevent them from permeating deeper into the fibers.
The right way to vacuum properly is by first doing slow, straight forward and backward motions in one section. To get even more dirt out, you can also do diagonal sweeps. Make sure that you have thoroughly vacuumed one part of the carpet before moving on to the next section.
If while in the process of vacuuming you discover a stain, stop what you’re doing and remove the stain at once with an appropriate cleaning solution. Don’t let the stain any longer on the carpet because all the more it will be difficult to remove. The same also applies to spills. Blot up all liquid spills immediately and then vacuum dry. This will prevent mold from growing in the carpet padding.
Steaming cleaning is the best procedure for carpets that see heavy traffic or have been heavily soiled. As its name obviously denotes, the procedure involves the application of high pressure and temperature onto the carpet in order to clean it. You can buy your own steam cleaner – sometimes known as a “wet-clean machine” – or rent one from a cleaning company. Although more expensive, you can avail of the services of steam carpet cleaning company.
Before you begin steam cleaning, remove all furniture and clutter on top of the carpet. Make sure also that you remove all existing stains with cleaning solution. Carefully read the manual for proper operation of the steam cleaner. After you have steam cleaned your carpet, let your carpet dry for 24 hours before you and your family step on it. To facilitate faster air drying, leave all your windows open or switch on an electric fan.
Learn more about proper vacuuming and steam cleaning of your carpet in order for you to maintain a healthy home environment!